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Becoming a Healthcare Manager

MARIA DEGIGLIO: Hello, my name is Professor Maria DeGiglio. And I am the Director of Healthcare Management Programs both undergraduate and graduate in the School of Business and Justice Studies here at Utica College. Healthcare management is one of the most relevant academic programs to enroll in during these times. In healthcare management, you can combine your passion for helping people with a rewarding career in business.

The role of the healthcare manager is not a static one. And in these unusual circumstances, managers must assume many new roles and be proficient in many new competencies in order to lead their organizations. Healthcare managers must be business savvy, critical thinkers, and motivators, and be able to navigate the complexities of these unprecedented times as well as to be able to distinguish their organizations from competitors.

As a healthcare manager, you could manage an entire facility, a specific department, or a clinical area, or a medical practice. You also need to be able to adapt to changes in medical cares, laws, regulations, and technologies, and work with a variety of different professionals. You can also work in areas such as marketing, finance, human resources, insurance and risk management, accounting, and patient care services.

As a healthcare manager, you will work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering health care services. You will develop departmental goals, missions, and objectives, ensure compliance, recruit and supervise staff members, create and monitor budgets, manage finances, ensure accurate coding and billing, and create work schedules. Healthcare managers must also engage with and support the communities their organizations serve. The bachelor’s in healthcare management is also an excellent segue into the masters of healthcare administration program here at Utica College.

In conclusion, please consider the healthcare management major at Utica College as an opportunity to impact the health and well-being of people in a nonpractitioner role. It is a well-paying and rewarding career. In addition, please consider that healthcare is also the number two industry in the Mohawk Valley here in New York State. Moreover, health care services are needed as the older population is increasing and pandemics have become a reality.

At Utica College, you will not only be immersed in a business-oriented management curriculum, but a well-rounded liberal arts one as well. Finally, you will be a leader who is able to solve critical problems in health care delivery, which is critical in this time in our history. I hope this overview has been helpful for you as you decide your next step in your academic career journey. Thank you.

Discover how a career in healthcare management will fuel your passion for helping others and drive growth in a dynamic business environment. In this video, Professor Maria DeGiglio, MA, BCPA, Director of Healthcare Management Programs, explains the benefits of preparing for this field with Utica College.

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